January 3, 2024
This is your weekly newsletter featuring program spotlights, innovative resources, and training opportunities for the out-of-school-time industry in Florida. Together, we can ensure all children and youth in Florida have access to affordable, available, high-quality expanded learning opportunities to foster their success in school and beyond.
A total of $1.8 million will be awarded to 40 afterschool, summer, or expanded learning programs serving middle school youth across the Nation. This marks the 8th year of the Aim High grant competition, bringing the total Aim High investments to $11.55 million! Learn more about the opportunity on January 11.
It is time to AIM HIGH: Grant Applications due Feb 1

The New York Life Foundation's 2024 Aim High grant competition is now open for applications! A total of 40 grants totaling $1.8 million will be awarded to afterschool, summer, or expanded

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ROCK in the New Year: New Partnership w/ Schools & Programs

While it might be easy to say that we should all be more compassionate and kind, and have empathy for everyone around us, it's usually not something that comes easily or naturally for most of us, and can even be seen as a sign of weakness in our...

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Phone Ban Produces 'Remarkable' Change at Orange County, ...

In the four months since Orange County Public Schools in Florida banned students from using cellphones at school, teachers and staff have seen positive changes. Some students are irked they can't use phones at lunch.

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OnBikes delivers free bicycles to more than 150 children ...

OnBikes delivered free bicycles to more than 150 children in after-school programs in Tampa. The deliveries happened on Friday afternoon at Cyrus Greene Center and Fair Oaks Park Community Center.

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Flagler County Elementary School Teacher of the Year

We do not usually recognize teachers of the year ... but we just had to as this one really stood out because of the afterschool role she plays for so many! Clemons is inspired by the need to create a positive, inclusive experience for students.

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The Dr. Phillips Center is Sending More Than 400...

The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is giving back by sending more than 400 students to see Broadway's Aladdin with sponsored tickets on January 6 and 7, 2024. What's Happening: In a community giveback tradition that first started in...

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Teen Day at the Capitol - Children's Week

Save the date! This unique opportunity for middle and high school students to get a better understanding of the legislative process up close and...

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Mapping (climate) justice: Empowering southwest Florida...

Photo courtesy of trubel&co. By Laken Sylvander. This blog is part of the Afterschool Alliance's "Collective for Youth Empowerment in STEM & Society" (CYESS)

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Equitable Approaches to Healthy Eating & Physical...

Registration is now open for the Equitable Approaches to Healthy Eating and Physical Activity in OST Community of Practice (CoP)!This CoP will be a five-month virtual professional development and peer networking opportunity where...

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LEARING FROM OTHERS: Afterschool program engages students...

It was a brisk Friday afternoon in Arnold when five young students, all participants of the Vallecito Unified School District's (VUSD) EdVenture Time after-school program, made their way to the Arnold library after school, where they met and...

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Deadline Extended to Jan 10: Family Engagement Grant Opp.

STEM Family Partnership & Empowerment Project (2024) Learn how to effectively partner with parents and caregivers using the STEM Family Engagement Planning Tool/CARE Framework with the Institute for the Study of Resilience in Youth (ISRY) at...

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Worlds of Work with WFSU
Webinar: YE Wednesday, January 10 at 1 PM
Students rarely imagine what they will be doing to earn an income when they complete their schooling, and if change is occurring as quickly as it in the last 20 years, there’s hardly a way to predict! What we can do is level up skills from one year to the next, so by the time they do graduate, they can navigate the world, no matter what it offers! Public Media has created multiple resources to help. Using Podcasts, Road Trip Nation, Meet the Helpers, KidVision, and American Graduate Initiative: Understanding Jobs reels there are loads of places to explore and experts to share their journey. We will especially lean into STEM jobs, since nearly everything is going to have an element of science, technology, engineering, and math.

Speaker: Tasha Weinstein, Education & Engagement Manager, WFSU Public Media
Aim High Grant Informational Session

The New York Life Foundation is set to award 40 grants to out-of-school time (OST) programs serving youth through their Aim High local grant program. Join us for a webinar on January 11 at 2 p.m. ET to learn more about this funding opportunity,...

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Out-of-school Time Evaluation & Assessment Tools
Webinar: Thursday, January 11 at 3 PM
Decades of research confirm that high quality out-of-school time programs have positive impacts on child and youth development. However, translating impact to local programs often relies on the use program specific tools. Join us to explore available assessments and evaluation tools to measure individual student progress toward skill acquisition and knowledge retention, as well as how to use these tools to make data-driven decisions about programming.

Speaker: Lili Gomez Murphy, Executive Director, Florida After School, Inc.
STEM Micro-credentialing & Digital Badging
ACRES (Afterschool Coaching for Reflective Educators in STEM) is excited to offer additional Information Sessions about STEM micro-credentials, which are competency-based, digital badges for afterschool and out-of-school professionals offered through the National Afterschool Association. These sessions are free, live, interactive, and one hour in length. You will learn about what Micro-credentials are and how to apply for them. Join ACRES for this informational session on Tuesday, January 16, 1:00 - 2:00pm EST.

Beyond School Hours 2024 Workshop Preview

Workshops are already being confirmed for the 2024 conference in New Orleans. They are focused on the hottest topics in education to spark your interest and keep you at the forefront of innovation.

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Elevate your brand at the NAA24 Convention! Connect with influential leaders, showcase your products, and expand your market reach. Gain credibility, forge partnerships, and become a thought leader in the afterschool industry. With exclusive...

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